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Power of Saying – ‘I Am Sorry’…

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I am SorryIn this otherwise egoistic, full-of-false-pride world, saying sorry for one’s acts isn’t seen too often, and certainly not by a celebrity or a person in senior/powerful position, and least of all, not publicly…

Yesterday, Sunil Gavaskar, the Indian batting legend, almost three decades after the infamous walkout incident in the Melbourne cricket Test, regretted his act of dissent and said that it was a big mistake on his part. In an unparalleled event at the time in this gentlemen’s game, In 1981, Sunil Gavaskar while protesting against being given out to what he considered not-out, and in a surprising turn of events, asked the fellow batsman on the other side to join the walk-off the ground. Gavaskar’s defiance as the then Indian Team Captain generated a huge controversy. (Read: http://sports.ndtv.com/cricket/news/235111-sunil-gavaskar-regrets-act-of-dissent-in-1981)

30 years later, the little master regretted his action, both as a player and captain of the Indian side:

“As Indian captain I was not supposed to act in that manner. In no way I can justify my act of defiance. Whether I was out or not, I should not have reacted that way,”

Someone in Gavaskar’s shoes to admit, voluntarily & publicly, a mistake on his part – it is big and courageous. And it isn’t easy…

All of us make undesirable mistakes, react too sharply, act in non-merited defiance, become overtly rude, and above all, overstep on others, many a times. Moot question is, how many of us go back and regret our actions, if merited? Deep down though, we all know that something isn’t right in taking this route, yet most often than not, we don’t act courageous enough to stand up and say, “I am sorry”.

Long time ago, during my growing up years, I would inculcate a habit to note down in my diary things that I read & found impactful… many of such words and powerful sentences played a major role in shaping my formative years and helped build foundations of my character. One of those pieces was from former American President, Bill Clinton; expressing his regret post the infamous Monica Lewinsky scandal… powerful words, I thought then and penned them down:

“…I believe that to be forgiven, more than sorrow is required… (it requires) genuine repentance—a determination to change and to repair breaches of my own making…”

Saying sorry is powerful only when it is backed by genuine repentance, coupled with a strong will to make amends – that’s what I learnt then… Sunil Gavaskar’s latest act only makes me believe my learning was right…

Your thoughts?


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Written by RRGwrites

December 28, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Posted in Life

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  1. And yet again, there’s this line of yours that I remember, having read the above, “Be kind and gentle to your people, and be generous to faults”. Its amazing what a little apology can do, More amazing, still, is how it makes one a little more human! As said one of your earlier posts too, “It’s okay to fail and make mistakes, as long as you learn from them”.


    December 30, 2014 at 5:54 PM

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